Thank you for spreading Christmas joy

16 December 2019

Gill, Dawn and Caroline with the chocolates

Our grateful thanks go to staff at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), who remember us each year as part of their Chocolate Orange Challenge.

Bags of the foil-wrapped treats have been delivered to our Alan Shearer Activity Centre where they will be distributed to people with disabilities benefiting from our Centre over the Christmas period.

Some extra special Chocolate Oranges were also included this year - complete with hand-knitted covers to turn them into Christmas puddings, Santas and festive baubles – which will all be winging their way to families in need in our region in time for Christmas morning.

Staff at the DWP hold their special challenge each year to collect as many Chocolate Oranges as they can to donate to good causes around the region.

“Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who has been involved in this year's challenge,” said Amanda Head, our Director of Care. “Each and every Chocolate Orange will be gratefully received and, in some cases, will make a huge difference to families who would otherwise have nothing to give their children this Christmas.”

Pictured are: Jill (left) and Caroline (right), both from DWP, with Alan Shearer Centre Co-ordinator, Dawn and the donations from the Chocolate Orange Challenge.